A week after a sack celebration gone wrong resulted in a torn ACL, defensive end Lamarr Houston has been placed on injured reserve by the Bears, the club announced today (Twitter link). The Bears have promoted defensive end David Bass from their practice squad to replace Houston the 53-man roster, signing tackle Jason Weaver to fill the newly-opened spot on the taxi squad.
Houston, one of the offseason’s most notable free agent signees, is in the first season of a five-year pact with the Bears, and has a sizable chunk of guaranteed money owed to him for next season, so he’ll be back with Chicago in 2015. Still, it was a disappointing first year in Chicago for Houston, who was brought in to help replace departing defensive end Julius Peppers — the sack Houston was celebrating when he tore his ACL was only his first of the season.
Only three Bears defensive ends – Houston, Jared Allen, and Willie Young – had logged more than eight defensive snaps this season. Allen and Young figure to continue seeing plenty of action, particularly as pass rushers, but Bass and fellow reserves Cornelius Washington and Trevor Scott could have their roles expanded in Houston’s absence.